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IVAN REITMAN (Director/Producer), one of the industry's
most renowned and prolific directors, has created an impressive
string of international box-office sensations.
Reitman currently heads Northern Lights Entertainment, a highly
regarded film and television production company. Among his most
recent productions are Warner Bros.' "Fathers' Day,"
which he also directed; the hit live-action/animated feature film
"Space Jam," starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny;
and Howard Stern's "Private Parts."
Reitman's other directing credits include "Meatballs"
and "Stripes" (launching the career of Bill Murray);
the two now-classic "Ghostbusters" films; and "Dave,"
the much-acclaimed political comedy starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney
Weaver. Reitman has also produced such hits as the groundbreaking
box-office smash "National Lampoon's Animal House" and
the hugely popular family features "Beethoven" and "Beethoven's
With the box-office smash hit "Twins," Reitman created
an entirely new comedic persona for action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger,
and forged a personal and professional relationship with the movie
megastar that continued with "Kindergarten Cop" and
"Junior." Acclaimed dramatic actors such as Robert Redford,
Debra Winger, Sigourney Weaver, and Emma Thompson have also revealed
untapped comedic talents under Reitman's direction.
In 1984, Reitman was honored as Director of the Year by the National
Association of Theater Owners and the next year received a Special
Achievement Award at the Canadian Genie awards. In 1979, and again
in 1989, Reitman was honored with the People's Choice Award for
"Animal House" and "Twins." In November 1994,
Reitman became the third director in Variety's six-decade history
to be honored in a "Billion Dollar Director" salute.
In addition to his achievements in film, Reitman has also forged
a formidable career on television. He recently produced the HBO
telefilm "The Late Shift," based on Bill Carter's late-night
television wars exposé. The highly acclaimed production
won seven Emmy Award nominations. Other recent producing endeavors
include "Commandments," starring Aidan Quinn.
His television projects include the Emmy-nominated children's
show "The Real Ghostbusters" and the Saturday morning
animated series "Beethoven" for CBS. He is presently
working on a new animated children's show, "Mummies."
Reitman was born in Czechoslovakia and fled with his family to
Canada at age four. He attended Canada's McMaster University,
where he produced and directed several television shorts. He followed
these with a live television show, "Greed," with Dan
Aykroyd as its announcer. "Spellbound," which Reitman
produced for the live stage, evolved into the Broadway hit "The
Magic Show," starring Doug Henning. He continued producing
for the stage with the off- Broadway hit "The National Lampoon
Show," and returned to Broadway to produce and direct the
musical "Merlin," earning a Tony nomination for directing.
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